Aircel has set for 4G the targets for 4G services, when other operators are just planning to launch 3G service in India.
The telecom major will commercially launch its 3G services in another 45 to 60 days depending on some government clearances, while test run for 4G is likely to start by the first quarter of the next financial year. It plans to start 4G operations commercially in eight circles by December 2011 or January 2012.
“We are planning to launch our 3G services across 13 circles where we have got the licences in another 40 to 60 days. Moreover, Aircel will be one of the first firms in the country to usher into the fourth generation era. We are planning to start 4G trials by the first or second quarter of the next financial year,” said Mallikarjuna Rao, chief technology officer of Aircel, on the sidelines of Intaglio 2011, an international school meet at IIM Calcutta on Thursday.
Rao said the firm would come up with 4G facilities on all the eight circles allotted to it by December 2011 or January 2012.
On the broadband wireless access auction — for access to 4G services — held last year, Aircel got Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, North-East, Jammu & Kashmir circles. While it will provide services for 3G is 13 circles — Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Kerala, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh (East), West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, North East and Jammu & Kashmir
Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland-headquartered Nokia Siemens Networks will roll out 3G networks for Vodafone Essar , one of the largest service providers in India. Vodafone gave a three-year contract estimated at $500 million
Vodafone Essar won 3G radio airwaves in an auction earlier this year in nine of India’s 22 telecoms zones. The company said it would provide services including video telephony, mobile broadband, and mobile TV on the third-generation network.
Nokia Siemens Networks will implement and manage Vodafone’s 3G networks in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh (East), rest of West Bengal and Haryana while Ericsson will cover the high-density metros of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.
As per the agreement, Ericsson will supply RAN system, network rollout services, tuning, spare parts and training services, along with the 3G common core platform and transmission to Vodafone in the coming months.
The radio access network will include multi-standard radio base station RBS 6000 and mobile soft-switching technology.